Israel imposed a full closure of the occupied West Bank for 48 hours on March 12. The decision means those Palestinians with permits will generally not be permitted to access Jerusalem over the weekend. Defense Minister Ehud Barak made the move amid reports about possible new protests by Palestinians around Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque after Friday prayers. Some street clashes were reported around the Old City, and hundreds of men under the age of 50 were prevented from entering al-Aqsa mosque for Friday prayers. Authorities have deployed additional forces at al-Aqsa mosque and the Temple Mount. (AlJazeera, Ma’an News Agency, March 12)
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